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January 19th, 2010

Moshi Moshi Records is proud to announce the March 30th release of ‘Yeah, So’, the debut album from the celebrated Sheffield, England duo Slow Club. The album, previously released in the UK, will include a second disk of bonus material comprised of B-Sides and live recordings. It marks not only the first proper North American release for the band, but also their label Moshi Moshi, a well respected decade old UK based indie with an internationally established reputation as a purveyor of exquisite taste and a stalwart supporter of the music community. In conjunction with the release of Yeah, So, Slow Club will play North American dates including an appearance at SXSW 2010. 

The musicians behind the disarming folk-pop of Slow Club are Charles and Rebecca, and though they are few in number, they manage to generate an incredibly dynamic sound. “Simplicity,” as the BBC noted, “is something they clearly aren’t afraid of: the backbone of their debut album is a range of uncomplicated ideas executed brilliantly and brazenly by a band of two.” The NME were quite brazen themselves when taking issue with those who might not appreciate the well-crafted melodies on Yeah, So. “These people,” they said, “for argument’s sake we’ll call them ‘idiots'”. 

To create their music Charles and Rebecca share responsibility on vocals, alternately taking the lead and constantly harmonizing to both chilling and heartwarming effects. On the instrumental side Rebecca takes up the roll of percussionist, banging out ebullient rhythms on the drums. Charles fills out their sound with full-bodied guitar work that slides the scale from rollicking rockabilly to sweetly swaying finger picked ballads. 

This past summer a trip to SXSW and a jaunt across the country with Moshi Moshi label mates The Wave Pictures and Casio Kids gave North America their first exposure to Slow Club. A few years on the touring circuit in Europe while releasing multiple 7″ singles had melded them into a formidable live act, and their confidence and enthusiasm flooded from the stage nightly as they wooed audiences for the East to the West coast. Those performances and the cross Atlantic trading of music between friends has already begun to cultivate a growing US fan base for the UK duo, whom were recently featured as one of Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next”. This year Slow Club eagerly await the opportunity to get back in front of American audiences to continue their journey towards the total domination of hearts and minds across the globe.

To watch the video

Slow club Myspace

Reach out

January 19th, 2010

A little treasure I have discovered while scrolling through one of my favorite blogs, Aquarium Drunkard. I have found this rare 45 of a cover version of Reach out ( the Four tops), and this is what AD is saying: ” A couple of years ago I had Le Switch guest DJ my radio show. The stacks they were pulling from consisted of a lot of old Motown, Stax and Harry Nilsson (and I think even a track off a Ringo Starr solo joint). One band I hadn’t heard of was The Ox-Bow Incident, a sixties garage band from Brooklyn, NY named after the 1943 western of the same name. The strength of their version of the Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)“ just begs for release on an underground garage rock comp. Check it out”…

Reach  out – The Ox Bow incident

About Le Switch: They’re a Los Angeles based rock ‘n’ roll band fronted by singer/guitarist Aaron Kyle. Le Switch got their start in 2006 when Kyle recruited drummer Joe Napolitano, trumpet/viola player Maria DeLuca, bass player Christopher Harrison and keyboard player Josh Charney. Local bloggers like Aquarium Drunkard, LAist, You Set the Scene, Radio Free Silver Lake, Amateur Chemist, Rock Insider and Passion of the Weiss praised their EP and their passionate live performances. The band’s debut LP, And Now… Le Switch might bring to mind early-1970’s records like Ram, Nilsson Schmilsson, Muswell Hillbillies and Leon Russell’s Carney mixed with a touch of Dr. Dog.

Le Switch

Past Lives announces Winter / Spring tour dates, shares new MP3

January 18th, 2010

Past Lives-the Seattle quartet consisting of Jordan Blilie, Mark Gajadhar, Morgan Henderson and Devin Welch-present ‘Tapestry of Webs’, their debut full-length release, due Feb. 23, 2010. As the summer of 2009 pooled into the fall leaves and grey wash, the group captured 12 songs with producer/engineer Steve Fisk, taking initial tracks from Seattle’s Avast! studios to Fisk’s home recording den for completion.

The result is an album that crawls from the primordial ooze of anti-parent culture sound to stand on newly formed legs, moving forward with carefully considered steps. Here, sibling harmonies are offered to The Wickerman death-dub, tom-toms locked in hypnotic BPM. Guitars alternate between glistening pop tones, ethereal bliss-out and raw rhythmic ruin. Throughout, each song delves deep into the blank gaze, the experience of everyday living as viewed through the tired eyes of uncertainty and doubt. It’s all kinda “vibey”.

1.16 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

2.18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $

3.12 – St. Augustine, FL @ Harvest of Hope Festival

3.14 – Portland, OR @ East End +

3.15 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room +

3.16 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

3.17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space

3.18 – El Paso, TX @ Dominics Piano Bar

3.17 – 3.20 – Austin, TX SXSW

3.20 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk Bar [Panache Booking SXSW Showcase ] w/ Surfer Blood, Dam-Funk, Oh Sees, The Intelligence, Turbo Fruits, Small Black

3.21 – Monterrey, Mexico – Todd P Monterrey Festival

3.23 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar #%

3.24 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #

3.25 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge #

3.26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre #

3.27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DAAC #

3.29 – Cleveland @ Now That’s Class #

3.30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar #

4.01 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

4.02 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo

4.03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks

4.04 – Washington, DC @ DC9

4.05 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

4.06 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

4.07 – Orlando, FL @ The Social*

4.08 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder*

4.09 – Gainesville, FL @ Rion Ballroom at University of Florida*

4.10 – St. Augustine, FL @ Café Eleven*

4.12 – Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox*

4.13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle*

4.14 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern*

4.15 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary*

4.16 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar*

4.17 – Hamden, CT @ The Space*

4.18 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East*

4.20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl*

4.22 – Princeton, NJ @ Terrace Club at Princeton University

4.23 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St.

4.25 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

$ = w/ The Oh Sees

# = w/ Air Waves

% = w/ So Cow

* = w/ The Thermals

+ = w/ Get Hustle


January 18th, 2010

Columbia Records and Favorite Gentlemen are excited to announce more tour dates to Manchester Orchestra’s upcoming US tour. Starting March 19, the second leg of the tour kicks into gear. The Features, Chris Staples, and labelmates O’Brother will join Manchester Orchestra February 26 – March 4 and starting March 6 through the end of the tour, the band will be joined by The Features, Biffy Clyro, and O’Brother.

Grab your presale tickets starting Thursday, January 14 at 1pm local time HERE

2.26.10 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL ^

2.27.10 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville Beach, FL ^

2.28.10 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL ^

3.2.10 – House of Blues – Houston, TX ^

3.3.10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX ^

3.4.10 – The Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX ^

3.6.10 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ **

3.7.10 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA **

3.9.10 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **

3.10.10 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **

3.12.10 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR **

3.13.10 – The Showbox at The Market – Seattle, WA **

3.15.10 – The Knitting Factory – Boise, ID **

03.19.10 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO **

03.20.10 – The Slowdown – Omaha, NE **

03.21.10 – The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN **

03.23.10 – Metro – Chicago, IL **

03.24.10 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI **

03.25.10 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA **

03.26.10 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY **

03.27.10 – The Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON **

03.29.10 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY **

03.30.10 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA **

03.31.10 – Chameleon – Lancaster, PA **

04.01.10 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT **

04.02.10 – The Fillmore New York @ Irving – New York, NY **

04.03.10 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA **

04.05.10 – The Recher Theatre – Towson, MD **

04.06.10 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA **

04.07.10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC **

04.08.10 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC **

04.09.10 – Jillian’s – Columbia, SC ** 

^ with The Features, Chris Staples, and O’Brother

** with The Features, Biffy Clyro, and O’Brother

Lofiles news section

January 18th, 2010

new Extra Life “(Pay Up) The Ladder” mp3

January 18th, 2010

Brooklyn experimental group Extra Life’s new album Made Flesh will be coming out March 30. Extra Life is fronted by guitarist/composer Charlie Looker, a core member of legendary brutal chamber ensemble Zs who has worked with Dirty Projectors, Glenn Branca, William Parker and the S.E.M. Ensemble. The band will head out on tourstarting in February.

The radio edit of their song “(Pay Up) The Ladder” off Made Flesh is now available for mp3 download. Stereogum premiered it couple of weeks ago and gave a good bit of back story along with it.

“(Pay Up) The Ladder”


January 18th, 2010

On January 19th, the debut album from Gobotron, the solo project of guitarist Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, will be released digitally via Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. A personal pet project two years in the making, ‘ON YOUR MARK, GET SET’… is a purposeful blend of blown out distortion mixed with saccharine sweet poppy hooks and choruses that will make fans of bands like The Lemonheads pucker up for joy. 

Gobotron started in the summer of 2008 in the basement of Robert McDowell’s parent’s house in Atlanta, Georgia. Manchester Orchestra was off the road and McDowell was anxious to creatively move in a new direction aside from working with the band. “I had been a bit lazy when we got off tour. I wasn’t recording or writing at all then, so I went to Guitar Center and got a little MIDI controller and just started messing around,” he said. “I didn’t even really tell anyone I was doing the album until it was done. It was just me alone in my parent’s basement.”

On the creative process for this album, McDowell says “The goal for ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…was to put every song into overdrive right from the start. The writing would begin with a verse, chorus, or just a riff. I’d set up a mic in the middle of the room and build up parts running from one instrument to another. Once I could hear what it was going to sound like, I would write the rest of the song and re-record the entire song. Then when everything was laid out, I started from scratch again and recorded the version that made it on the CD. This is a computer album that could have never been done if it were on tape. It became a science project rather than a band.” 

Gobotron combines delicate and simple phrasings influenced from Ben Kweller to Brian Wilson, processed through pop-friendly static and piped through ear-buds waxed with Pavement.

Start your engines!


January 18th, 2010

In 2006, the six members of Raleigh, NC group Annuals earned critical adoration with their debut album, ‘Be He Me’. Their expansive, energetic sound and tight pop sensibilities captured the hearts and ears of listeners and critics alike, propelling them toward the next step in their career: their first major-label release, ‘Such Fun’, on Canvasback Records in 2008. At an age where many are just starting their careers, Annuals, armed with a reputation for solid songwriting and several years of experience, now goes back to the formula and sound that first cemented their acclaim. ‘The Sweet Sister’ EP marks band leader Adam Baker’s return to the producer role, Annuals’ return to a more tight-knit DIY collective, and a pure distillation of their trademark quirky pop experimentalism. 

The Sweet Sister EP will be released on Banter Records on March 30, and Annuals will tour behind it in the spring.

Deer Tick announces Spring tour dates

January 18th, 2010

After finishing a US run with Neko Case late last year, Deer Tick completed a three week European tour – upon their return to the US on Dec. 13 the band entered the studio to put the finishing touches on its as-yet-untitled third album, which will be released in the first half of this year. The band’s first big show of 2010 will be in Los Angeles, as part of the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum, then in April and May they’ll head out with Dr. Dog where they’ll hit the West Coast again, as well as Texas, the South and Northeast. The More Fuel For the Fire EP, which was previously an iTunes exclusive, is now available via all digital services.

About the new EP:

As the title would suggest, Deer Tick’s More Fuel for the Fire EP tops off an explosive 2009 for the band that released Rolling Stone’s “country-rock breakthrough of the year” nine months earlier. Taken mostly from a month-long recording session in upstate New York nicknamed “The Black Dirt Sessions”, More Fuel for the Fire features three new studio tracks as well as a live version of “Straight Into A Storm” (from Born on Flag Day) recorded in Charlotte, NC at the Visulite Theatre. The songs have become staples of Deer Tick’s live shows over the past year, and are already fan favorites-and that’s who this one’s for…

Fri-Mar-05 Los Angeles, CA Natural History Museum

Mar-17 – Mar-20 Austin, TX SXSW

Sun-Apr-25 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *

Tue-Apr-27 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre *

Thu-Apr-29 Santa Fe, NM Sante Fe Brewing Company *

Fri-Apr-30 Dallas, TX The Loft *

Sat-May-01 Austin, TX Emo’s *

Sun-May-02 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio *

Mon-May-03 Fayetteville, AR Majestic Lounge *

Wed-May-05 Birmingham, AL Workplay *

Thu-May-06 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom *

Fri-May-07 Louisville, KY Headliners *

Tue-May-11 Boston, MA Paradise *

Wed-May-12 Boston, MA Paradise *

Thu-May-13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory *

Fri-May-14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *

Sat-May-15 New York, NY Terminal 5 *

* = w/ Dr. Dog


January 18th, 2010

Dr. Dog is very excited to announce the April 6th release of their Anti- Records debut, ‘Shame, Shame’. As a band that has traditionally built their spirited albums layer by layer in the undisturbed seclusion of their Philadelphia home studio, Dr. Dog realized that they would need to face the challenge of working in a professional studio and enlist the help of an outside producer (Rob Schnapf) if they were to continue their album-by-album evolutionary growth. The end result is the band’s most openly autobiographical release to date and peels back the layers of strings and horns of past albums to emphasize the raw immediacy of a tight unit honing their craft. Beginning January 27th in Troy NY, Dr. Dog will embark on a 10-week national headlining tour to premiere songs from ‘Shame, Shame’.

The stylistic reference points of Dr. Dog remain on ‘Shame, Shame’ but with a darker tone. It’s an album whose themes of doubt, confusion and unanswered questions are soothed by bright harmonies, taut guitar riffs and soaring melodies. From beginning to end, Shame, Shame is a record destined to claim its place on the timeless margins, untouched by modern tastes and content to exist on its own terms. It’s the auspicious sound of Dr. Dog writing their exciting next chapter, one they’ve been working towards since they played their first notes together.

January 27 Revolution Hall Troy, NY *

January 28 Higher Ground Burlington, VT *

January 29 Lupo’s Providence, RI *

January 30 Westcott Theatre Syracuse, NY *

February 1 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY *

February 3 The Pike Room Pontiac, MI *

February 4 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI *

February 5 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI *

February 6 The Mill Iowa City, IA *

February 8 Waiting Room Omaha, NE *

February 9 Rock Island Brewing Co. Rock Island, IL *

February 10 Case Western University Cleveland, OH *

February 11 Video Saloon Bloomington, IN *

February 12 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH *

February 13 State Theatre State College, PA *

April 14 Lee’s Place Toronto, ON

April 15 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI

April 16 Metro Chicago, IL

April 17 Fine Line Minneapolis, MN

April 19 Belly Up Aspen, CO

April 20 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO

April 22 Neuroluz Boise, ID

April 23 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR

April 24 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

April 25 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA **

April 27 Henry Fonda Los Angeles, CA **

April 29 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM **

April 30 The Loft Dallas, TX **

May 1 Emo’s Outside Austin, TX **

May 2 Warehouse Live Studio Houston, TX **

May 3 Majestic Fayetteville, AR **

May 5 Workplay Birmingham, AL **

May 6 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN **

May 7 Headliners Louisville, KY **

May 11 Paradise Boston, MA **

May 12 Paradise Boston, MA **

May 13 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA **

May 14 9:30 Club Washington, DC **

May 15 Terminal 5 New York, NY **

* With The Growlers

** With Deertick

International Tour Dates:

May 23 Magnet Berlin, Germany

May 24 Blue Shell Koln, Germany

May 25 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 26 Tabernacle London, UK

May 27 Nouveau Casino Paris, FR

May 29 Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain